HANS REMEMBERS- SUNDAY JUNE 1, 1969- -JOHN AND YOKO RECORD ” GIVE PEACE A CHANCE”

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Hans Remembers-Sunday June 1, 1969- In the last day of their Montreal bed-in- John Lennon and Yoko Ono record “Give Peace A Chance” with the assistance of Timothy Leary, The Smothers Brothers, Phil Spector, Petula Clark, Dick Gregory, Derek Taylor, Murray The K.  and Allen Ginsberg. The anti-war song was written by John Lennon but credited to Lennon-McCartney -The Beatles were still together after all- Paul had nothing to do though with the song. It was recorded in room 1742 at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal.  Released as a single it went to #14 on the US Hot 100 and #2 in the United Kingdom.  The song quickly became  an anti-war and counterculture anthem. John and Yoko did a lot of things in 1968-69 that still seem rather questionable- this isn’t one of them. “Give Peace A Chance” is one of three Lennon solo songs that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame lists on their 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll.

8 responses to “HANS REMEMBERS- SUNDAY JUNE 1, 1969- -JOHN AND YOKO RECORD ” GIVE PEACE A CHANCE”

  1. This song has the strangest rhythm I’ve heard. It’s on the verge of falling apart but of course, never does. Great song and lyrics.

    • The first John album I owned was Shaved Fish the greatest hits package and I had never heard Give Peace A Chance before then- I thought it was a weird song at first and didn’t care for it–after a few listens I changed my opinion.

    • “Give Peace a Chance” was used to great effect at the end of “The Strawberry Statement,” if you can still find the movie anywhere. Released in 1970, a student rebellion at Columbia University turns frightfully ugly before the final credits roll. I give the movie 5 stars, it took a semi-humourous look at campus takeovers pre-Kent State. Which makes the ending all the more effective…

  2. My wife and I just visited the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame on Saturday.
    So many changes there to make the experience more musically interactive for the visitors. Have you been lately?

    • No it has been a while since I’ve been there- going to have to make a return trip this summer- thanks for the update on it!

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